Date Created: 7/28/2005
Date Modified: 10/18/2006
While Phishing takes on a number of looks and feels the common element is that the individual or group is attempting to fraudulently obtain or steal information from you. Phishing has happened on the phone, postal mail, web site and sometimes in person (on the street and door to door)
The most common phishing scheme involves sending an email that looks like a legitimate email from a reputable company. The message typically asks you to verify information that this company should already know. Often times the email includes an alert that it is urgent you respond or something bad will happen to your account.
Many financial institutions and organizations are targets of Phishing scams ranging from financial institutions like banks and credit unions to retailers such as Ebay and Amazon or PayPal.
If you are ever asked for any information in the above manner contact your financial institution or other organization directly. Do not respond to these emails or phishing attempts.
WSECU never asks for this type of information via email or on the web site.